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I'm breastfeeding and my baby has thrush, am I likely to get this too?

Thrush is a fungal infection in the baby's mouth that can spread to your breasts. This can cause your nipples to feel sore and itchy. It is important to treat both mother and baby if thrush is recognised. Your GP will prescribe you both a course of antifungal treatment to clear up the problem. This treatment may last up to two weeks but by treating both you and your baby at the same time it prevents re-infecting each other. The thrush can cause spots inside the baby's mouth which might make them irritable but I want to emphasise the importance of continuing to breastfeed throughout the treatment if you can.


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